Erin Andersen via Crowdrise
April 01, 2013
BENEFITING: American Red Cross
EVENT DATE: May 05, 2013
HOURS PLEDGED: 4
Mileage Tracker: 18
My Race: The New Jersey Marathon at the Shore
- 26.2 miles of beautiful NJ
- The course has been redesigned due to Hurricaine Sandy
- Monmouth to Oceanport to Long Branch to Asbury Park
My Charity: The American Red Cross
- Disaster Releif: meets emergency needs for people in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters
- Supports military families
- Provides life saving training in First Aid, Babysitting, and Water Safety
- Donating Blood: ordanary people making an extraordinary difference
My Marathon Journey:
- Yes 26.2 miles!!! Originally I dismissed the marathon distance as not feasible due to the malfunctioned spinal cord stimulator for pain management and need to ensure the safety of my neck/spine. It's no secret that running is my outlet for stress and when I run I forget my pain and feel alive. Then the catalist.... I ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon 11/18/12 in great time and felt amazing (1:38:00). When I afirmed that this was my greatest running moment and I'd never be more proud since I "can't run a marathon" my father responded "I don't know about that. Never say never. I believe you will go as far as you put your mind to".
- And I was off and running, literally and figuratively. I researched Spring Marathons with the thought of a "destination race" but when I saw the Red Cross was a prior charity affiliated with the NJ Marathon, I knew NJ was my marathon. In the aftermath of Hurricaine Sandy, I am reminded of how devistating our world can be, but more so how we can bounce back.
- NJ is a resilient state and I am happy to see the restoration efforts as well as pleased with how much fellow New Jerseyites and Americans bonded to help each other. The Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts have been a blessing in our regrowth as a state, and while my initial thoughts went to raising funds for NJ Disaster Relief, I have expanded my scope of understanding in the wake of the Sandyhook Shooting. As a fundraiser for the Red Cross, I saw how the Red Cross once again stepped in to help people in need and I felt more passionate about my cause. No one wants a disaster to occur, but it is reassuring to know organizations like the Red Cross and their many volunteers exist to support us in times of need.
- Although I live in Pennsylvania now, I am a "North Jersey Girl" at heart. I proudly kept the North Jersey accent including "strong As": like Cawfee and Chawcolate. I walk fast and talk fast and everything is "go-go-go". The NJ Marathon will be no different. I plan to be running in the "left lane" the entire race.